Are you interested in the field of health care? Are you also interested in helping people? If the answer to both these questions is an emphatic “yes,” then pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing might be the right course of action for you.
Consider the following research regarding opportunities and benefits of participating in a nursing program, along with why there is a significant need in Wisconsin for registered nurses.
Nurses needed in Wisconsin
By 2022, about one million nurses will be needed in order to meet the nation’s demand for nurses.
Similarly, due to retiring workers and new openings, there’s also a shortage of registered nurses in Wisconsin specifically. Wisconsin will need to grow its registered nurse population by approximately 24 percent by 2020.
This is good news for those considering getting an undergraduate degree in nursing, as it suggests that there will be a multiplicity of nursing employment opportunities once a student completes his/her undergraduate degree.
With regards to education, how will nursing change?
Nursing school has a reputation for being difficult, and with good reason — one study found that only 58 percent of students entering an associate degree program in nursing actually completed the degree. That being said, nursing school is not for the faint of heart. There is much to learn in a condensed amount of time.
This infographic on the future of nursing helps paint a better picture of what experts predict the nursing field will look like by 2020. It projects that, to meet the growing demands of the health care industry, nurses must be skilled in: leadership, system improvement, research, teamwork, collaboration and public health. And as nurses’ roles continue to develop, they are also expanding into technology and information management.
By 2020, nurses with baccalaureate degrees will increase from 50 percent to 80 percent, and double the number of nurses will have doctorate degrees.
There are an array of employment options.
If you’re uncertain of pursing nursing because you don’t want to work in a hospital, you’re in luck. In an ever-evolving medical landscape, there are emerging ways of nontraditionally practicing nursing, as more and more nurses are working in positions that keep them out of the hospital.
Forbes says that “about 76 percent of nurses got jobs in U.S. hospitals in 2012 compared to 87 percent in 2005.” As fewer nurses get jobs in the traditional hospital settings, more nurses are finding employment out in the community.
If you want to pursue a nursing career, but are unsure about committing to working in a hospital, consider these employment options outside a hospital: an on-site school nurse, a pharmacy nurse, a midwife, a technical nurse writer, hospice nurse or telemedicine nurse.
While deciding whether an undergraduate degree in nursing is right for you or not, it’s important to research and analyze the information that surrounds any field of interest to you. But the facts remain, due to a shortage of nurses nationwide, combined with the ever-changing landscape of health care, becoming a nurse could prove to be a lucrative and personally-rewarding professional choice.